Mara Kiernan is the lead analyst at the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) where she contributes expert writing, analysis, and synthesis to research and training products across the HDIAC’s 8 technical focus areas. Prior to working for the HDIAC, Mara specialized as a mixed method researcher and has extensive quantitative and qualitative research experience. Her past work spans a number of focus areas, with publications on continuing productivity during presidential administration transitions as well as drone warfare. Mara is currently pursuing her M.S. in Terrorism & Homeland Security Policy at American University, and holds her B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Languages & Literatures from the University of Virginia.
Podcasts / Webinars
In part one of this two-part podcast, HDIAC analyst Mara Kiernan interviews Dr. James Giordano, a Professor in the department of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center. The discussion begins with Dr. Giordano defining neuroweapons and explaining their… Read More
The second installment of this two-part podcast continues the conversation with Dr. James Giordano on the implications of neurocognitive enhancement technologies. Dr. Giordano discusses the ethical hurdles associated with such human enhancement technologies, the importance of building a competitive advantage,… Read More
In part one of this two-part podcast, HDIAC analyst Mara Kiernan interviews Dr. James Giordano, discussing the applications of neuroscience to national security. The discussion begins with a broad level conversation before narrowing the focus to warfighter neurocognitive enhancement. Dr…. Read More
The second installment of this two-part podcast continues the conversation with Dr. Giordano on the implications of weaponizing brain science. In an article he wrote for HDIAC in 2016 titled ‘Battlescape Brain’, Dr. Giordano hinted at the possibility of a neuroweapons arms race that could follow from international surveillance. Dr. Giordano provides an updated look at these concerns in the context of today’s environment. He concludes by describing ethical frameworks that could regulate future policies for biotechnology as the world moves forward in this dynamic area.